James Bowyer, Professor of Vocal Studies; Co-Coordinator of Vocal Studies; Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Aural Skills, Music Education.
James Bowyer earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied conducting with Geoffrey Boers and voice with Vinson Cole. He has served on the music faculties of the University of Wyoming, the University of Puget Sound, and Gonzaga University where, in addition to conducting various choral ensembles and teaching applied voice, he taught courses in music theory, aural skills, conducting, world music, and choral methods. He frequently adjudicates at regional contests and competitions and serves as guest conductor at clinics and choral festivals. As a lyric tenor, he has presented numerous recitals and has appeared as a soloist with a multiplicity of orchestras, including performances of Bach's B Minor Mass, Mozart's Requiem, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Dr. Bowyer earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Manchester College, and the Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College where he majored in Choral Conducting, Voice Performance & Pedagogy, and Music Education. While at Westminster he studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt and James Jordan and voice with Marvin Keenze. He is a certified Kodály educator and has taught choral and general music at all grade levels in both public and private settings in Boston, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Kansas City. Most recently he was the Kodály specialist on the faculty of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. He has also served as a consultant for McGraw-Hill Publishing in their elementary music education division, and he was a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volumes 2 and 3 (GIA Publishing). His textbook Creative Sightsinging (Santa Barbara Music Press, 2008) has been adopted by high schools and colleges across the United States and Canada.